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Transmission replacement cost: Is it worth it?

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Transmission replacement cost: Is it worth it?

Transmission replacement is one of the most expensive repairs that you can make to a vehicle. An automatic transmission is an extremely complicated mechanical device. And without it, your vehicle is nothing more than a giant paperweight. So let’s take a look at the actual transmission replacement cost that you might be facing, and figure out if getting a replacement transmission is your best option.

How much is a transmission replacement?

Of course, your actual transmission replacement cost depends on the type of vehicle that you have. Some remanufactured transmissions cost more than others. It really depends upon the complexity of the gearbox, and the installation procedure. But you already have a ballpark figure in your mind by now. What you need to figure out is; is it worth it?

To get an exact price on a replacement transmission for your specific vehicle, simply click here to get a quote. Once you’ve done that, you need to figure out if it’s actually worth doing. What we mean by this is: Is it worth spending this amount of money on your particular vehicle? To figure that out you need to answer a few basic questions:

Aside from the transmission problems, what is the overall mechanical condition of your vehicle? – If your vehicle has a ton of miles, oil leaks and rips in the seats, then it might not be worth spending several thousand dollars on a high quality transmission replacement. On the other hand, if the engine runs good, and the overall condition of the vehicle is good, then investing in your vehicle’s future might not be a bad idea. So let’s look at the value of the vehicle.

How much is your vehicle worth VS the actual replacement cost? – You probably already have a ballpark figure of what your vehicle would be worth if it didn’t already have transmission problems. However if you don’t, simply go to a popular online classified site and see what vehicles like yours are actually selling for. Book values are  great, but classifieds tend to be a little bit more realistic. Next, you need to determine based on the mileage and condition, what a similar vehicle will cost you if you had to buy one.

Assuming it doesn’t make financial sense to simply walk away and buy a new vehicle, you need to find a transmission replacement that meets your financial requirements. A used transmission is a very dicey gamble, because you don’t know how well the vehicle it came from was maintained, or how long it will last. A rebuilt transmission isn’t much better because you rely on a single mechanic with limited testing and replacement equipment to ensure that the job gets done correctly. The warranty on the two aforementioned options is also very limited, and may only cover you for a few months, while leaving you to pay additional labor charges for repairs and a second replacement transmission (should something go wrong with the first).

How do I know what is the best replacement transmission possible?

When it comes right down to it, the best replacement transmission is a remanufactured transmission. These are completely reengineered on the assembly line, and are designed to meet or exceed their original OEM specifications. Street Smart Transmission has the entire R&D department that is devoted to analyzing factory design flaws and coming up with the necessary modifications to correct factory design flaws and extend the service life of each new remanufactured transmission. To learn more about our transmission remanufacturing process, check out this video:

Owning a vehicle costs you a lot of money over time, so having a comprehensive warranty to cover future repairs is an excellent way to protect yourself financially. To that end, every Street Smart Transmission warranty covers owners for 3-years/unlimited miles from the original date of purchase. This warranty is also good at any licensed repair shop in the continental United States. So if you have transmission problems within three years (no matter how many miles you drive), the parts and labor can be covered by the warranty. Which may save you a lot of money in the long run.

So there you have it: transmission replacement cost is a very unpleasant thing. But at least Street Smart Transmission can help you save money upfront and in the long run. And that’s a Very Street Smart move (sorry, we couldn’t resist such an obvious pun 🙂